Seven amazing individuals from around the world received 2015 World of Childrens on the evening of November 5th at our annual Awards Ceremony. Once again this year, we gathered 450 guests at 583 Park Avenue in Manhattan for an evening of stories and celebration.
Nicholas Lowinger received a 2015 Youth Award for his work providing new shoes to homeless children and youth in the USA. Nicholas’s Gotta Have Sole Foundation is founded on a simple but profound principle – every child deserves his or her own pair of well-fitting shoes. Without shoes, many children are excluded from sports or other extracurricular activities and lose valuable opportunities to build strong relationships with peers and build self-esteem. Learn more about Nicholas at: http://bit.ly/worldofchildrennicholas
Amalia García Moreno received our 2015 Health Award for her work making pediatric cancer treatment accessible to low income children in Mexico, as well as her efforts to ensure that patients’ families have a safe, affordable place to live while their children undergo treatment. Amalia’s Casa de la Amistad para niño’s con Cancer has served over 8,000 patients and their families and continues to provide high quality care for over 600 children each year. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/worldofchildrenamalia
Winnifred Selby received our 2015 Youth Award for her work empowering young people in Ghana by increasing their access to education. Through her foundation, EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative, she runs three programs that make education a reality for children in Ghana: Menstrual Pads for Dignity Project, Happy Feet Initiative and Ghana Girls College Scholarship. Learn more about Winnifred at http://bit.ly/worldofchildrenwinnifred
Adi Roche joined us once again in New York City, five years after she won her first World of Children. We invited Adi back to receive our Alumni Award in recognition of the wonderful work she’s done since winning her first award. Adi’s amazing dedication to the forgotten children of the Chernobyl region and her determination to get them the care they so desperately need continues to amaze and inspire us. http://bit.ly/worldofchildrenadiroche
Miriam Mason-Sesay received the first ever World of Children Education Award for her work providing high-quality, holistic education to underprivileged and war-affected young people in Sierra Leone. In 2000 she moved to Sierra Leone to found the first Educaid Sierra Leone school and has since grown the program to 9 schools currently serving 3,000 children. To learn more, visit http://worldofchildren.org/honoree/miriam-mason-sesay/
Catalina Escobar received our 2015 Humanitarian Award for her work with Fundacion JuanFe in Cartagena, Colombia. Catalina is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty by providing skills training and parenting resources to underprivileged teenage mothers and ensuring their children have access to medical care. To learn more visit: http://bit.ly/worldofchildrencatalina
Jerry Politzer and Jamie Barry received our 2015 Board of Governors’ Award in recognition of their long-standing commitment to children. Jamie and Jerry have generously shared their passion with World of Children for more than 9 years. They are visionaries who have helped to craft and host our Annual Awards Ceremony in New York City since the event’s inception and have infused the event with their warm style, authenticity, and generosity.